A legacy to Literature

By leaving us a gift in your will, you will be helping to safeguard the future of an organisation which has been, and remains, an inspiration to generations of writers and readers.

As an independent charity, everything we do – from our Schools Outreach programme, our awards, grants and masterclasses, to our lectures and debates – we do without government funding. Instead, we rely on the generosity of people who support the purpose for which we were founded nearly two centuries years ago: to celebrate and nurture all that is best in British literature.

Anyone can leave a legacy to the RSL and any gift, small or large, makes a difference. How your gift could help:

  • £150 contributes to the development of our online library
  • £500 pays for one teachers’ masterclass
  • £1,000 enables us to host one Schools Outreach session
  • £2,500 covers the cost of a special event for 200 state secondary school pupils

To remember us in your will please download our Legacies Brochure, which contains some suggested wording. Your will is a legal document, and we would strongly recommend that you seek independent legal advice when making or amending it. If you would like to discuss your gift in more detail, or if you would like to let us know that you have already made provision for the RSL in your will, please contact Molly Rosenberg: molly@rsliterature.org or call 020 7845 4677.

A word from our President Emeritus

The Royal Society of Literature honours English writing at its finest. Through talks, debates and readings we help to celebrate the past and vitalise the future. But our work can never be taken for granted. We rely not only on membership subscriptions, but on the generosity of donors. Legacies bequeathed in a will, even modest ones, can be especially important.

I myself will be bequeathing to the Royal Society of Literature the earnings from my books. I feel sure there could be no recipient more worthy. Others who I am aware have made provision for the RSL in their wills include President Emeritus, Michael Holroyd, and Giles St Aubyn, who has left a substantial sum to fund grants for writers of non-fiction early in their careers.

For those who value the beauty and expressiveness of the English language, a legacy to the RSL is an apt and lasting contribution. Please give it thought. The Society – and countless others – will be deeply grateful.

Colin Thubron
RSL President Emertitus